Yonkers police shave their heads for a good cause

February 15, 2013 by  

Most people would agree that February in Yonkers is not the ideal time to shave their heads, but the chilly weather is not stopping more than 50 members of the Yonkers Police Benevolent Association (PBA) and one brave five-year-old from going bald for a good cause.

On February 24, the volunteers will gather at JC Fogarty’s in Bronxville to have their heads shaved. The extreme haircuts are part of a fundraiser to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer and for helping survivors. According to the Yonkers PBA, the shaved heads will allow the police officers to stand in solidarity with the victims of cancer, as treatments often cause patients to lose their hair.

Matthew Fedor is participating in the February 24 fundraiser, although he is only five-years-old. His mother, Janet, is an employee with the Yonkers police department. Matthew has already raised $2,600 for the cause, considerably more than his initial goal of $1,600. According to him, going bald is worth it because he will get to help sick kids. He noted that he will need to wear a hat to keep his head from freezing.

The Yonkers PBA has so far raised $19,000 for the charity this year. Over the past two years, the police association has raised another $150,000 for St. Baldrick’s alone. Yonkers flyer printing could be made use of by the police department to further spread the word and increase donations to the charity.